Good Grief Week #3

TALK IT OVER 05/17/2020

Recap: In this series, we have been confronting the reality that we’ve all lost something during this season of COVID and loss always brings grief. What have you lost in this season? Maybe income, alone time, freedom to go places. Maybe you’ve lost routine, significant moments, or a family member.  We have unpacked the Five Stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, and what those look like. We’ve also discovered that no matter where we are in the grief process, God is always with us, walking us through.

Scripture Reference: Psalm 30 and Isaiah 43:14

Icebreaker: Describe the worst haircut or outfit you’ve ever had.

Focus Questions

  1. What is the difference between life going back to normal and life on new terms? What makes living life on new terms so difficult to accept?
  2. Do you know someone who suffered great loss and never seemed to recover from it? Do you know someone who suffered great loss and seems to be better for it? What confuses you about both those situations?
  3. Tackle ONE of the questions our panel talked about this last weekend: What are your personal experiences in grief? What was most helpful to you during your grief? What was not helpful, or was even hurtful, during your grief?  How long should you grieve? What’s the right way to get help and with whom? [Consider learning about the Circle of Grief Theory]
  4. What is something good or joyful that happened during your grief?
  5. What have you learned about helping others deal with grief?
  6. What would you say to the person who is sitting in the anger stage of grief and can’t seem to move past it? What could you do for them?
  7. Where is Jesus inviting you to live life on “new terms”? What is your next step to move in that direction with Him?